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The IMCORE project ran from 2008 to 2011 and was funded under the EU Interreg IVB programme.

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North East England

"We found that connecting coastal communities, local authorities and public bodies was the key to successful adaptation planning"

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Who we are:

Durham County Council (Durham Heritage Coast) and CTL Consult (formerly Envision)

Key climate change issues:

Sea level rise and increased frequency and / or intensity of extreme events leading to, for example, storm surges and overtopping.The North East Coast is vulnerable to coastal erosion, landward migration of sand dunes and overtopping. Click on this link to learn more about Climate Change in North East England; coastal activities that could be affected, drivers and impacts and our specific institutional framework.

What we did:

Issues identification workshop, a steering group was set up for the local initiative called ForeSea. They delineated the preferred scenario for the region and then worked backwards to foresee how the preferred future can be reached from the present day.

Actions were produced with applicable timelines to achieve these activities. Such narratives have been used as a basis for the launch of the North East Coastal Network to forge better communication in the region

The North East of England coastal adaptation strategy

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Our unique approach:

To build on existing work in the region, specifically on the Climate NE Adaptation Strategy.
Our focus was on "coastifying" this strategy.
Emphasis on long term thinking and promoting interaction and "togetherness" among climate change actors.


Read the full summary of the North East England Case Study


Planning to adapt in North East England

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Engaging stakeholders

Using events and media already in place is a favourable means of approach to engagement as confidence in these means will be high. An event that is led by long running and respected organisation is a useful means of inputting new work to a keen audience. It is important to use appropriate links from the event to the presentations / displays.

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Identifying the Issues

The issues workshop in the North East of England encompassed a wide variety of sectors both professional and volunteer. Having such a diverse audience meant that the results of the workshop were wide ranging and included a number of different issues from each discipline. On the other hand it also created a lot of debate within the group thus slowing down the process of the day. Good facilitation is important with such a large audience. This workshop was also a great opportunity to introduce the main issues of climate change to a wide audience and to be able to introduce IMCORE to the region. On completion of the workshop the results were gathered and written up. These, however, were not sent out straight away to the attendees. It would have been more productive to have fed the results of the workshop back to the stakeholders within 2 weeks after the workshop to keep the group updated and motivated in the IMCORE process.

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Developing future scenarios

The process employed by the NE-ECN worked well and satisfactory results were achieved. Most of the difficulties encountered in the process were out of the control of the couplet and related to institutional changes affecting the individuals attending the workshops (the organisations represented were relatively stable). The ECN accommodated for this as best they could by briefing new representatives before the workshop when possible and providing a clear and formal trail of minutes of previous meetings.

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Designing the adaptation strategy

Developing an adaptation strategy can be demanding even in a region like the North East where there is large scale awareness to the need for adaptation. The key points are to gather a group from varying backgrounds with which you feel would positively contribute from all sides in developing useable strategies. All involved in this development were somewhat aware of the process laid before them and thus less time was needed to describe the process. All involved were very proactive in projecting ideas but if in a situation where this is not the case it is important to get ideas from everyone involved to get a rough idea of how the group would like to go forward.

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Building Institutional capacity

The NE-ECN was developed to enhance the proficient work that has already been carried out in the region on climate change as exemplified by the ClimateNE adaptation strategy. It aimed to improve the resolution of the work in the region by focusing just on the coast and to "coast-ify" the adaptation strategy.

It was considered important to set up a steering committee for this work made up of the statutory authorities and to provide an entity for the initiative (ForeSea) to allow the profile of the initiative to grow in the region and to embed it as strongly as possible with the wider stakeholder group.

An emphasis on long-term thinking, much longer than the standard funding or project cycle, and the promotion of interaction between climate change-relevant stakeholders were the key characteristics of the approach.

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This learning portal brings together the results and lessons learned from the IMCORE project. This project was funded under the Interreg IVB programme from 2008 to 2011.

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